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Chris­tians can­not en­joy equal­ity. When we look back at the speeches made by Bo­gyoke Aung San, we found that he con­sis­tently ad­vo­cated for a sec­u­lar state. But when U Nu was in power, he ad­vo­cated for giv­ing priv­i­lege to Bud­dhism in elec­tion cam­paigns. Since then, we have had th­ese prob­lems.

Cherry Za­hau – Hu­man Rights ac­tivist

Religion has two sides to democ­racy, both good and bad. Religion is based on tra­di­tion, and it is con­ser­va­tive. It does not give much open­ness to change. On the other hand, it will be dif­fi­cult to con­vert it to free think­ing and change. How­ever, the prin­ci­ple of democ­racy is free think­ing and must be ready for a change. Th­ese two things are en­tirely dif­fer­ent and con­tra­dict each other.

Ragu Nay Myint – Hindu Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Peace can­not be achieved by a prayer meet­ing. We need to know the roots of it. Why th­ese prob­lems arise? Why we have con­flicts? The In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is now por­tray­ing cur­rent hotspots or high­light­ing the Buthi­daug Maung­daw bor­der is­sue as either a re­li­gious or com­mu­nal is­sue. We see this is­sue as an in­va­sion of our coun­try or pro­vok­ing sovereignt­y. It is crys­tal clear.

Dhamma Sakka Maung Maung – Pa­tron, Ther­avada Dhamma Net­work

When we look back at the po­lit­i­cal land­scape in our coun­try since U Nu’s era, pol­i­tics and religion have not been dif­fer­en­ti­ated all the time. Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are also ex­ploit­ing religion for their po­lit­i­cal agenda. We have seen this phe­nom­e­non of ex­ploit­ing religion to get the pop­u­lar vote in elec­tions through­out all time.

Cherry Za­hau – Hu­man Rights ac­tivist

In some ar­eas, religion can help in mak­ing norms of democ­racy. For in­stance, religion can teach peo­ple how to be a good cit­i­zen. Religion can make some things. Religion has both good and bad im­pact on demo­cratic so­ci­ety. Some of them are not con­cerned with democ­racy, and some are rel­e­vant to democ­racy. Democ­racy and religion can­not be separated as they come to­gether.

Ragu Nay Myint – Hindu Or­ga­ni­za­tion

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